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Spring Cleaning your Body for Optimal Health

It's Time to Hit Refresh

Spring is synonymous with a time for cleaning up. Clearing out the clutter and junk that’s built up over the cold winter months is a tradition that many follow. 

But I’m not just talking about your living space here either. Spring is also a great time to clean up our BODIES.

It’s time to cut those excess calories and remove the toxins from our bodies with a diet rich in FIBER-, ANTIOXIDANTS-, and WATER- filled produce. This can easily be done by adding in more plant based protein, and whole grains. Bypassing the pre-packaged and overly processed foods we become accustom in winter. This approach to eating helps prepare your digestive system and whole body for a lighter season of eating!

Start adding these 6 items into your diet for optimal health, and a cleaner body this spring!

BROCCOLI

WITH A WATER CONTENT OF 85%, RAW BROCCOLI IS ONLY 31 CALORIES PER 1 CUP. YET IT DELIVERS 90% OF YOUR DAILY RECOMMENDED VITAMIN C, AND 11% OF VITAMIN A. BOTH ANTIOXIDANTS THAT HELP PREVENT OR DELAY CELL DAMAGE. IT ALSO INCLUDES 9% OF DAILY FIBER, WHICH AIDS DIGESTION AND KEEPS YOU FEELING SATISFIED.

OTHER VEGETABLES HIGH IN VITAMINS AND FIBER: Bell Peppers, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Green Beans, Kale, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes

KIDNEY BEANS

BEANS, BEANS THE MAGICAL FRUIT. THE MORE YOU EAT, THE MORE YOU...YES MY DAD SANG ME THE SONG GROWING UP AND BEANS HELP A BODY STAY CLEAN AND REGULAR. 1 CUP OF COOKED KIDNEY BEANS OFFERS 40% OF YOUR DAILY FIBER. PLUS PACKS A PUNCH OF PROTEIN WITH 15G FOR ONLY ABOUT 200 CALORIES. BEANS AND LEGUMES IN GENERAL ARE LOW-FAT, LOW-CAL, AND HIGH FIBER GOODNESS!

OTHER LEGUMES TO EAT REGULARLY: Black Beans, Chickpeas, Edamame, Lentils, Navy Beans, Pinto Beans, Peas

GRAPEFRUIT

GRAPEFRUIT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, BUT IF YOU CAN GET YOURSELF TO LIKE IT YOU'LL BE DOING YOUR BODY A FAVOR. AT ONLY 38 CALORIES IN 1/2 GRAPEFRUIT, YOU STILL GET 42% OF YOUR DAILY VITAMIN C, 9% OF VITAMIN A, AND PLENTY OF HYDRATION WITH OVER 90% OF THE FRUIT BEING WATER. CITRUS FRUITS IN GENERAL ARE PACKED WITH TONS OF ANTIOXIDANTS AND WATER TO KEEP THE BODY AT OPTIMAL LEVELS.

OTHER CITRUS FRUITS: Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Tangerines
OTHER ANTIOXIDANT RICH FRUITS: Berries, Mangos, Peaches, Papayas, Pineapples

QUINOA

WHETHER YOU PRONOUNCE IT (KEEN-wa), OR HOW I USED TO SAY IT (Ki-NO-a), IT'S STILL CONSIDERED A SUPER GRAIN. 1 CUP OF COOKED QUINOA HAS 19% OF YOUR DAILY FIBER AND 9G OF PROTEIN. MAKING IT A GREAT NON-MEAT (VEGAN) PROTEIN OPTION. COOKED GRAINS ALSO PROVIDE US WITH AMPLE B-VITAMINS, SELENIUM, AND IRON THATS ESSENTIAL TO CELLULAR GROWTH.

OTHER WHOLE GRAINS TO EAT REGULARLY: Barley, Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Bulgur Millet, Oats, Sprouted Grains

BLUEBERRIES

BLUEBERRIES ARE ABOUT 80% WATER AND DELIVER 7% OF YOUR DAILY FIBER NEEDS. PLUS CONTAIN 8% OF YOUR DAILY VITAMIN C, AND CLOCK IN AROUND 84 CALORIES PER CUP. THEY, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER BERRIES, ARE ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSES AND PACKED WITH FIBER

OTHER BERRIES TO EAT: Blackberries, Raspberries, Cranberries, Strawberries

WATER

IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET ENOUGH WATER DAILY. ADEQUATE WATER ALLOWS YOU TO NOT ONLY STAY HYDRATED, BUT HELPS YOUR KIDNEYS ELIMINATE WASTE. WATER ALSO HELPS YOU RID YOUR BODY OF WASTE THROUGH PERSPIRATION (SUCH AS THAT WITH ONE OF OUR AWESOME ONLINE WORKOUTS 😉)! EVERYONE ORGAN AND CELL IN YOUR BODY NEEDS WATER SO MAKE SURE YOU'RE GETTING ENOUGH.

MEN should aim for 120oz. per day / WOMEN should aim for 90oz. per day

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